Cancun’s amazing beaches, aqua blue Caribbean Sea and incomparable nightlife make it one of the Western Hemisphere’s biggest tourist draws, bringing in as many as 4 million visitors (mostly from the US) each year.
In the 1970s Mexico’s ambitious tourism planners decided to outdo Acapulco with a brand-new, world-class resort located on the Yucatán Peninsula, and Cancún was born. During you next visit to Cancun, experience some of the activities and attractions that make this city fun and unique.
1. Swim with dolphins
On Isla Mujeres, swim with dolphins at Dolphin Discovery. In Cancun, the Wet’nWild park offers dolphin swims and is also a full service water park which includes water slides, rides, and a variety of swimming and wave pools.You can even go snorkeling with tropical fish, sting rays and tame sharks, if you dare!
2. Get wet
Aquaworld in Cancun offers scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing and jungle tours on 2-seater boats. You can even charter a fishing boat for full-day trips with an open bar (ask for Josue Martinez when you go fishing).
Soak in a hot tub, pool or go swimming in a cenote or of course, the beautiful Caribbean. All beaches in Cancun are public property so they are not restricted to hotel guests.
3. See the Mayan ruins
There are many ruins sites in the vicinity of Cancun. Ruinas del Rey is located in the southern part of the Hotel Zone next to the Iberostar Cancun golf course. These are the ruins of a small Mayan fishing village.
Xcaret is an eco-archaeological park and here you’ll see local flora and fauna and learn about the history and culture of the ancient Mayan civilization. There is a wild bird breeding aviary, a nursery for tiny sea turtles and a butterfly pavillion. There are authentic ruins to explore as well. After the sun goes down, the park offers a spectacular performance of Mexican dance, music and drama.
If you’ve got the stomach for it you can attend bullfights in Cancun, with all their pageantry and gore. Before the actual fight, there are traditional Mexican performances featuring music and dancers in colorful costumes.
6. Go Clubbing
No trip to Cancun is complete without a night out on the town. Dress comfortably, it’s going to be hot and you’re going to be dancing! Guys often wear a nice t-shirt and shorts, girls wear tank tops and skirts. Anything goes though, wear what makes you happy! Tip your waiters and bartenders well to ensure great service. Don’t forget a few pesos for the bathroom attendants as well.
Duty free! is the largest of the duty free shops, UltraFemme specializes in European jewelry, perfume and cosmetics. You should also check out Plaza Flamingo , Plaza Caracol, Maya Fair Plaza, Forum by the Sea and Kukulcan Plaza.
Plaza La Isla is an open-air mall located on Nichupte lagoon. Small canals wend their way through the complex.
8. Horses on the beach
Rancho Loma Bonita is located about 30 miles south of Cancun. You can rent horses, ride through the Mayan jungle to the beach and even take breaks to swim and sunbathe. Many of the beaches in the Caribbean do not allow horses, so this is the place to go to canter along the edge of the surf.
9. Get married
Cancun is one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world, but it’s also a great place to get married. There are a number of resorts, hotels and wedding planners that specialize in taking care of all the details for you. Use a reputable one to avoid any questions of legalities, then relax and enjoy a romantic wedding on the beach.